MLB is expected to suspend as many as 20 players in the coming weeks, including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, whose name has been mentioned prominently in the clinic’s records. Rodriguez, a Miami native who practices at UM during the offseason, turns 38 on Saturday.
The Rodriguez drama took another twist Thursday, as New York’s hungry tabloids continued their feeding frenzy on the jilted Yankee.
There is mounting pressure for A-Rod to retire or cut a deal with MLB, which some say has enough evidence against him to possibly ban him from the sport and exclude him from the Baseball Hall of Fame for life. But thus far, A-Rod’s handlers have elected to wage a publicity war.
The countdown for his takedown began in earnest Monday, when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun — who played for UM — conceded defeat, accepting a 65-game suspension for his involvement in the steroids scandal. The powerful player’s union, which had remained noticeably tight-lipped throughout MLB’s aggressive investigation, announced that it supported his decision and publicly advised other players who participated in doping to do the same.
Besides being accused of taking steroids for the second time since 2009, Rodriguez is suspected of impeding MLB’s inquiry by purchasing some of Fischer’s documents through an intermediary and destroying them.
He has denied having anything to do with the clinic.
Fischer, who invested $4,000 into Bosch’s clinic, began collecting documents after Bosch stopped paying him and refused to repay him his investment. He has tried without success to sell the documents to MLB and several media outlets in hopes of using the money to leave the area and start a new life.
Since the scandal broke, the media has focused primarily on the big-name players.
But Fischer says the story is bigger than baseball.
And his motives, he insisted, are not about the money, but about justice.
“It’s almost scary to think about how many people have gone through [Bosch’s treatments] and how long he’s gotten away with this,” Fischer said.